Cornwall Council chief executive Kevin Lavery has been in putting Cornwall’s case forward to MPs for the Duchy to lead its own Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).
The Government is currently studying proposals for LEPs across the country, which will replace the various Regional Development Agencies.
There has been a call from some quarters for a South West ‘Devonwall’ LEP, embracing Devon and Cornwall, but it is not Cornwall Council’s favoured option.
The Council submitted its proposal last month for a Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LEP. And addressing Parliament’s Business, Innovation and Skills committee, Lavery said that while it was important to work with Devon on such issues as transport, ultimately Cornwall need to have greater control of its own economy.
He told MPs: “We think, on balance, it [an LEP] is going to work better at a Cornwall level, and we know that’s going to be strongly supported by the local community.”